Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Armorer Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter; Baldwin’s Trial Coming This Summer

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Gun safety rules exist for a reason. Anyone who handles a gun has sole responsibility for handling it safely. In 2021, Alec Baldwin failed to follow those basic gun safety rules on the set of a low-budget Western flick called “Rust” in which he was acting and producing.  Baldwin pointed a revolver at his Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins and pulled the trigger. The cocked single-action revolver fired a live round that struck and killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

Following a trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a jury found the on-set armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, guilty of felony involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death. Why?  Because Ms. Gutierrez-Reed allowed live ammunition to make its way onto the set and into the revolver Baldwin carried on his hip during filming. It was one of many safety problems reportedly found on the film’s set.

Ultimately, as executive producer, Baldwin was responsible for the safety and well-being of the cast and crew working on the film as he was ultimately Gutierrez-Reed’s boss. That’s why the hot-tempered Baldwin was charged — again — and will face trial this summer.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

ZeroHedge has details of Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s conviction . . .

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer in the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust,” has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

The decision on Wednesday came after less than three hours of deliberation.

Following the verdict, Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, 26, was immediately remanded into custody. The Arizona native now faces a potential sentence of up to three years in prison…

Her days of handling firearms are over now that she has prohibited person status in the eyes of the law.

The manslaughter charges against Mr. Baldwin for his role in the incident have already been dropped twice. However, he is expected to face trial in July after the charges were reinstated.

Lawyers for Ms. Gutierrez-Reed claimed she was being scapegoated for Mr. Baldwin’s alleged failure to follow firearms safety rules, and for a chaotic, low-budget production where industry safety guidelines were ignored to save time.

During the trial, “Rust” camera crew member Ross Addiego said Mr. Halls, Mr. Baldwin, and Ms. Gutierrez-Reed would skip firearms safety checks to try to meet daily production goals.

Alec Baldwin will soon face trial at long last. Stay tuned.

3 Responses

  1. Evidence video shown of Baldwin berating the behind schedule crew to hurry up and reload the pistols will not be well received by the jury they will eventually seat.

    The coroner’s testimony as well will be grim, based on the reaction from the armorer during the trial.

    I think the jury will want to convict and incarcerate him, as the should… 🙁

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